Sky will be launching a new internet TV service in the first half of 2012, one that will be available “to anyone in the UK with a broadband connection” and accessible through a range of devices including PCs, Macs, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, connected TVs and games consoles. In the plural. Is Sony’s game station about to get Sky?
Sky’s announcement uses the plural “games consoles”, which suggests that this new service may expand beyond the Xbox 360 (which already has access to Sky services, pictured above) to the PS3 – and why not the PlayStation Vita, for that matter? Currently, some Sky shows can be rented through the PlayStation store, but this service is limited by comparison to what Sky is proposing today.
Sky Go will continue to exist alongside the new (as yet unnamed) service. The new service will differ in that it will not require a fixed contract – you’ll be able to rent a single film if you feel like it, or alternatively pay monthly for unlimited access to Sky Movies. Streaming will be instant and Sky says the interface will be “intuitive”, and backed up by editorial content to help you choose what to watch.
There are still plenty of unanswered questions about Sky’s upcoming service. Will it come to the PS3? What smart TVs? Could it even appear on Google TV? Will it offer HD? We’ll bring you more as we find out.